Monthly Archives: April 2012

Real Estate Reading

Like in many areas of the country, the housing market in the Detroit area tanked in 2006.  Just a few years after my partner and I bought.  Buying a home at the peak right before a massive fall was not the most financially beneficial things that has ever happened in my life.

I was reading some articles, one discussing the possibility of strong rebound in my area in the next 4 years. It was both surprising and welcome news.  I decided to pull some cards and see what the tarot projects my real estate market.

I decided to do a simple past-present-future spread:

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          8 of Swords                                      Strength                                      Ace of Wands

The first thing I noticed in the 8 of swords is that castle that is blocked off by the swords off in the background.  I think that really captures the stress and worry that many people felt towards their homes.  Like others, I felt stuck in a home that lost a lot of value and, with the market crawling to a near halt, was unlikely to sell if I needed to move for any reason.   Like the figure, there was not much to do but feel stuck. There were no quick fixes or easy answers.

Strength is consistent with news articles I was reading. Housing sales are picking up.  Home prices are stable and starting to rise slightly.  I consider the Strength card to show one’s power to get through a difficult time. That said, it often comes up in times where one needs to draw on that inner strength. So I think that are getting better, but this card reflects things are still difficult for many people.

Finally the Ace of Wands – a fresh start.  This one also has a castle off in the distance, only now the way open.  The firely nature of the Ace indicates that the market will go from stable to hot. The active nature of fire indicates that people may feel less locked in where they are and be able to sell and move if need be. Given that this is the Ace, one of beginnings, I do think it shows that things will start to heat up in the future. I don’t think things are going to pick up as quickly in the next 4 years as the article I read was suggesting.

One last note, not a single pentacle showed up in the reading. I don’t think the prices will be approaching pre-bubble highs anytime soon. Still, improved sales and any improvement in the home prices will be welcomed by me!

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A Daily Draw

One of the common techniques for learning the tarot is the daily draw.  The most common version is that the tarot reader draws a card each morning and then journals about the card’s possible meaning or perhaps just reads up on it.  In this form, the practice is a learning tool.

Some readers continue to do it as a part of their personal practice.  Until earlier last year, I have confession to make: I never did this type of draw.  But when I started this blog, I started to do this as I saw this as fairly common on twitter.  I enjoyed the practice, but I enjoyed it less as a spiritual practice and more as a personal challenge.  How do I distill the meaning of a card into the (then) 140 character limit of Twitter? Then I found #amtarot and #pmtarot as well as #tarottoo, which are ways of participating with readers all around the globe by sharing your take on the same card. I really enjoyed it and enjoyed readings how others view the same card.

During this practice I tried a couple of ways of staying engaged with the practice.  I started a tag of my own, called #badtarot in which I used the daily draw as a way of giving a bad (in a funny way) reading.  Truthfully, I learned a lot about the cards this way as it let me open up my brainstorming and find meaning in the cards I hadn’t seen before.  I also added a set of meanings about hipster tarot readers (e.g. I read with a really obscure deck, you’ve probably never heard of it), which was a lot of fun and way to poke fun at myself as much as anything.

While I do a lot of straight forward predictive readings, I have really been feeling called to explore the power of tarot as a contemplative or mindfulness tool. I would like to restart the process, but one of the things that I’ve been working a lot with in my personal tarot practice are using the cards to find thing to bring to my consciouss awareness. For example, instead of drawing the Lovers and making a prediction about my day, to use it to ask a question. How is my relationship to my partner?  How have I been expressing love or affection in my life?

Here are a few more examples:

5 of Wands: Who do I express frustration or anger in my life?  Am I do it assertively? Aggressively? Or am I numbing?

8 of Pentacles: What is my relationship to my job or other tasks? Do I resist what is before me or embrace it?

Justice: How do maintain my boundaries? Do I hold people accountable in a fair way? Do I under- or overreact when people say or do hurtful things?

While one can generate and then journal these kinds of questions, just holding that question in mind during the day and just observing how these kinds of things occur in one’s daily life can be enough.  An alternative way to this kind of practice is generating an intention or affirmation for the day.

5 of Wands: I will handle conflict with grace and calm today.

8 of Pentacles: I will embrace my work with vigor and excitment today.

Justice: I will treat others fairly and evenly.

As a third way of working with a daily card draw is act on the information in way that supports the life you that want to live.

5 of Wands: I will take a step to resolve the  conflict I have with Jane Doe today.

8 of Pentacles:  I will work deadly on my goal of getting the basement cleared out.

Justice: I will talked to my husband about the balance of housework today.

So these are some ideas to invigorate your daily draw practice and to bring it to a mindful place. Enjoy!